Brahma

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Pros: Big placid birds, beautiful,

Cons: Diggers

If I were starting my flock over, I'd consider having all Brahmas. I just love these birds. They are beautiful, calm and peaceful and have been good layers for me. I love that they are big girls, and their feathered feet. Mine are big diggers and like to spend afternoons wallowing in dust baths. They are a delight.

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Pros: Wonderful temperment, good layers, winter & summer hardy, love the larger size, camoflaged well.

Cons: Pretty much stopped laying during first winter. When from 8 eggs a day to lucky to get 1. But they were molting, so, it was expected.

I LOVE my dark brahma's! I would like to get some blues, but probably never going to happen, at least in my area. They're the first breed of chicken that I bought, I've owned them for just over a year, they're the only breed I've ever owned, & probably the only breed I ever will own. I've had such great luck with them. With 15 hens I'm getting about 5 & 1/2 dozen eggs a week. Nothing to complain about there! The roosters grew up together, & don't fight at all, plus they've never attempted to go after me. They're all very well tempered. They did very will this past summer when temps were over 100, & the only ones that didn't do well this past winter when temps were down to 20's below 0 were the roosters .... I did have to bag balm their combs & wattles. Was bummed when egg count went from 8 a day to I was thrilled when I got 1 a day over winter ..... but it was a very hard winter & they were all molting, so I can't hate them for that!

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Pros: Gentle, lovey, wants you to hold her

Cons: Sometimes her fluffy feet get dirty. A small price to pay to look fancy everyday!

We thought she was a HE, and named her Tyrell because of her ghetto-fabulous feet!  The name stuck.  Tyrell is our little gentle giant.  I brought her in the house yesterday and fed her peanuts on the couch!!!  She runs and you just have to laugh, those thundering thighs...  She was in the White Leghorn bin at TSC when she was a chick, and I picked her out because I saw a bit of black on one wing.  What a delightful surprise!  I wish I had 10 more just like her.  I found an egg in the coop that was GIGANTIC, and I think it must be hers.  She thinks she's a dog, and I just love her.

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Pros: docile, quiet, cold weather layer

Cons: late maturation/layers, high feed consumption

Wonderful docile bird and easy to handle. They are late to mature and do not begin to lay until 23+ weeks. They make little noise and don't scratch too much. My rooster hardly ever crows, and they free range well. The only con could be is having feather footed bird and keeping a coop and run clean and dry is a must. I did have a bird lose a toenail and am having a hard time keeping it clean because the feathers hold the poo and any other mud or debris. The hens combs' are nice and small, and didn't get frost bitten this year (with exception of my rooster and a very small noticeable spot now healed) . Their overall docile demeanor makes for an excellent starter flock. I will be trying a different breed this year with a higher production rate faster maturation and smaller feed consumption. My brahmas continued to lay well through the cold Maine winter months.

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Pros: Big, Gorgeous Birds that are Super Friendly!

Cons: Dig and Dust bathe a lot......they love it! But....that is a CHICKEN THING....not just the Brahmas!

I got into Brahmas by accident.  I went on vacation last year and left 8 Maraduna Bosque Hen eggs for a friend to hatch for me.  When I returned from vacation she told me that I had 4 beautiful little yellow babies to pick up.  So, I went to pick them up and she hands me the box with 5 chicks.  I look at her like......huh? Five instead of four?  She said she had done a hatch of Buff Laced Brahmas at the same time and had 1 hatch out.....so she thought she would be able to tell the difference......LOL.....neither of us could figure out which one was the Brahma.....so she just said Merry Christmas!  I brought the chicks home and it didn't take very long before I could tell which one she was (yes it was a hen).  So I named her Holly.  Holly grew up to be one of the most gorgeous hens I had ever laid my eyes on.  So, I called my friend and told her I needed to get a roo and another hen to keep Holly company.  That's what started my Brahma addiction and it hasn't let up since.  They literally let me pick them up in the middle of the pasture like a puppy dog.  They follow me everywhere and they started laying at 6 ,months old.  Nice big eggs!  They are named  Buddy, Holly and Ginger.  And, yes I've been back for more since then!  Several colors going on now....LOL

 

"Buddy"

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Pros: gentle giant, huge eggs

Cons: not the best egg layer

My brahma  is sweet and still lays an egg 3-4 days.

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Pros: smart, friendly, beautiful

Cons: roos can be aggressive

these are my first set of chickens and i wouldnt change it for the world!! they are very smart chickens ..... dig a lot but it is so cute when they do!! love to dust its like their favorite thing to do... and they are very excepting of other chickens!!! great beginner birds!!!

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Pros: Beautiful coloration, gorgeous feathered feet, very calm temperment.

Cons: Slow to mature, sometimes their feet do get dirty.

Mine is so sweet, sometimes she'll snuggle up right next to me and let me pet her but she is a bit on the smaller side although she's just starting to bulk up, and her feet do get dirty sometimes but that's not a big problem at all.

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Pros: friendly, easy to catch when needed, lay pretty large eggs, can't fly over anything really

Cons: can't get on the roost

I love my brahmas! The first one I got was really sweet and at first I thought it was just because she was older and used to people. But when I got three more LF hens, I realized that they are all friendly! Even in the stress of going to a poultry swap and coming home in a small cage for a 2 hour car ride and being dropped off in an unfamiliar pen, they did not peck me or act aggressive as has happened with many other birds. They are pretty slow and don't run away from people, which makes them easy to catch when you need to get them. They don't lay very much, but at almost 4 years old my blue laced red brahma still lays nice big medium brown eggs. I thought she was done but she surprised me. I actually had to build an extremely short roost for them, and sometimes they still don't get on it. I guess they cant fly because of their size. These girls are huge!

Brahma
Description:

The Brahma is an Asiatic breed of chicken. The first Brahmas were brought to the United States in 1846 from China. The earliest male imports to the USA weighed around 14 pounds. They were used as a utility fowl for both their meat and eggs. Today Brahmas are mainly kept for ornamental purposes.

Details:
DetailValue
Breed PurposeDual Purpose
CombPea
BroodinessAverage
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeLarge
Egg ColorLight Brown
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Docile
Breed Colors/VarietiesLight, Buff, Dark, Gold, Black, White, Blue, and Blue Columbian.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA ClassAsiatic
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Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Comb: Pea
Broodiness: Average
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Large
Egg Color: Light Brown

Breed Temperament:

Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Docile

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Light, Buff, Dark, Gold, Black, White, Blue,and Blue Columbian.

Breed Details:

I started breeding the standard Light Brahmas in spring of 2008. The Brahmas are a very friendly, docile breed. Neither one of my roosters have ever been aggressive with me. The hens are good layers of large brown eggs. So far, the Brahma chicks have been very easy to hatch, brood, and raise. This breed does very well in cold and hot weather. At around 7 weeks of age you can start to guess the genders of the chicks. At around 12 or so weeks of age you should know for sure the sexes of your chicks. The hens usually start laying around 5 months of age. My hens usually lay every other day.

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